Everything Travelers Can Do In The Maldives That Are Off The Beaten Track

The Maldives is known for its sun, sand, and crystal-clear waters, but travelers may want to consider trying something new while on vacation.

The Maldives is the perfect place to go for sun, sand, and all manner of water sports like diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and surfing. It’s also known as a top tourist destination for the ultimate relaxing vacay—lounging at your posh resort or on any of the beautiful beaches for a trip that is laidback, sun-soaked, and chill.

But there’s more than meets the eye to this gorgeous Indian Ocean vacation spot. An archipelago made up of over 1100 islands ( though less than 1/5 are inhabited) the Maldives has plenty of fun things to see and do beyond just chilling on the beach—thanks to its unique, vibrant culture; stunning landscapes and geography; and indescribable island scenery. Below are some of the best things to do in the Maldives for the adventurous traveler looking for experiences that are a bit off the beaten track.

  • Tip: The Maldives is a Muslim country, so be sure to dress accordingly when touring public areas. Be sure to learn ahead of time about tourist beaches, restaurants that serve alcohol, and attractions that welcome non-Muslim visitors.

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6 See The Capital City Of Malé

Malé is the capital of Maldives and one of the smallest capital cities in the entire world—clocking in at just over two square miles. However, there is still plenty to do in this bustling, colorful city.

Things To Do In Malé

  • Visit Republic Square, a lovely, palm tree-lined green area in the northern part of the city
  • Check out the local flavor at the Malé Local Market and the Malé Fish Market
  • Head to the National Museum
  • Stop by the Tsunami Monument and the Victory Monument
  • Do some shopping at the Island Bazaar

5 Check Out A Sand Bank (Or Two)

There are a plethora of lovely sandbanks throughout the islands—constantly disappearing and reappearing due to water currents, they are constantly changing and being reshaped by the elements. However, one thing remains the same—they are always lovely. Travelers will need to book a trip in advance to get to these barren, beautiful sandbanks. Many excursions include things like a picnic lunch and fishing trips. Companies like Samudra Maldives offers a variety of packages so vacationers have plenty to choose from.

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4 Have A Foodie Adventure

The cuisine in the Maldives is fresh, eclectic, and influenced by nearby Sri Lanka. However, it is definitely worth heading out and exploring the food scene as there’s always something good on the table, from delicious international cuisine to local delights that center on fresh fish and tropical fruits.

Where To Eat In The Maldives

  • Dine under the sea at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
  • Tourists and locals alike love the Jazz Café, whose fun vibes often include music from local artists
  • For more stunning views, check out Muraka, a hip spot that focuses on local cuisine
  • Stop in at Reethi Restaurant for some delicious fusion flavors

3 Have A Spa Day

The Maldives is renowned for its relaxing vibes—and that includes top-notch spas that are the epitome of luxury and pampered pleasures. While many of the resorts throughout the area offer on-site spas, visitors should try venturing out to try something fun and unique. Huvafen Spa is the first underwater spa in the world and offers a totally relaxing, full-service spa experience that will rejuvenate any tired traveler. Scubaspa is another option for vacationers who want something a little different; Scubaspa is the entire package with everything from luxe spa treatments to tours of local attractions, and of course—scuba diving.

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2 Try A New Accommodation

Of course, the Maldives are known for their stunning overwater villas and huge, all-inclusive, luxury resorts. But why not try something a little different—the local islands are fun places to visit that are a bit off the beaten tourist track, so why not stay there, instead? Many spots are now offering guest house and AirBnB options for travelers that want to branch out from the traditional resort experience. Another option is to opt for a beach villa, rather than an overwater one. Located just steps from the beach, many of these villas are also more affordable options than their more luxurious cousins—though they are still top-notch accommodations. The Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi offers beach villas with stunning views; fun, tropical decor; and plenty of amenities.

1 We All Live In A Semi-Submarine

Want to explore the underwater world of the Maldives without stepping foot inside a scuba suit? Then a semi-submarine exploration may be just what you’re looking for. Several places have available excursions that give visitors the chance to observe the stunning coral reefs and colorful wildlife—all while staying comfy and dry. Choose a night or day excursion to see the underwater utopia any way you choose. Two excursions to try are the Ozen Bolifushi Excursions and the semi-submarine trips from the Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo. Whichever one you choose, you will be sure to see some sights to remember.

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